Indigenous and Tribal Medicines

Tribal medicine is a part of the indigenous medicine and is used by tribal in the forest. It is the little traditional medicine or the folk streams. The tribal medicine is also known as the ethnomedicine. From the ancient era the people especially the tribal have known the use of the herbs and roots for the healing purpose. There is an estimation of 25,000 plants used as the tribal medicinal plants. This empirical knowledge of tribal medicine is shared by word by mouth. Out of the 2000 drug items recorded in the Indian Materia Medica, 1800 are of plant origin. Therefore 80% of the raw materials required in the manufacture of drugs are forest-based. Therefore it can be a foundation for the development of the innovation of therapeutic drugs.

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